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Blue Raider duo earn ABCA All-Region honors

Curtis and Miller named to All-Central Region Second Team

June 16, 2014 · @MTAthletics

JONESBORO, Ark. - Middle Tennessee's Zac Curtis and Trent Miller grabbed All-Central Region Second Team honors, as announced by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) on Sunday.

The pair of selections are the most for MT since Justin Guidry and Trent Miller posted first team accolades in 2012.

Curtis completed a tremendous senior year with a 9-3 record and a 1.89 ERA in 15 appearances. He tossed a nation-leading 136 strikeouts in 114 innings pitched. His punchout total was second all-time in a single season at Middle Tennessee.

The left-hander threw five complete games, recording two shutouts. Curtis earned Conference USA Pitcher of the Week honors three times and was named a first team All-Conference USA selection. Last week, he was named a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award, which goes to the nation's top player that elevates his game.

Earlier this month, Curtis was drafted in the sixth round of the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has signed a contract and is now playing for the Hillsboro (Ore.) Hops of the Northwest League. Curtis became the 13th Blue Raider since 1976 to be selected in the top-10 rounds and the fifth highest overall pick in program history.

Miller led the Blue Raiders in seven different offensive categories, which included a .339 batting average. His 25 doubles led Conference USA and were third nationally. The first baseman finished second in C-USA in total bases (120), third in hits (78) and fourth in runs-batted-in (45).

The Kansas City native completed his career as the Raiders' all-time doubles leader (67) and ranked in the top-10 in career putouts (6th), total bases (7th), RBIs (7th) and hits (8th). Miller was a 2014 Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American and a First Team All-Conference USA selection.

Miller was drafted in the 40th round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He is awaiting his assignment to a Blue Jays' minor league affiliate.

First-team selections will be considered as candidates for the ABCA All-America team, which will be announced later this month. For more information log on to the ABCA's website at ABCA.org.

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